London, Greater London
£26,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Job description

Job Description: Fellowship Programme Officer

Line Manager: Senior Programme Officer/Team Lead

Objective: Facilitating placements for Fellows with personal, individualised support. Assisting Fellowship Programme team ad hoc, securing funding for Fellowships.

Experience: Masters or equivalent experience ideal however not essential

Start Date: November 2021

Duration: permanent post

Hours: Full-time. Hybrid working - in London office (2/3 set days per week) and working from home

Salary: £26,000

Number of posts available: Two

Application Deadline: 31 October


Organisational Background

The Council for At-Risk Academics is a UK-registered charity founded in 1933 under the leadership of William Beveridge, to rescue academics suffering persecution under the rise of Nazism and facilitate their continued work in safety. Sixteen Cara Fellows from the 1930s and 1940s became Nobel Laureates, and many more innovators in their fields, including, Nikolaus Pevsner, Lise Meitner and Karl Popper. A number of Cara’s founders and Council members also personally provided places and/or funds to help individual academics; and Cara, known in the 1930s as the AAC, later the SPSL, was closely involved in the successful effort in 1933 to bring to London the Warburg Institute art library, which had been prohibited by the Nazis, and six of its staff.

Cara has been a lifeline to academics at risk for just under 90 years, as and when world events have placed them in the line of fire: Hungarian Uprising, Cold War, Apartheid South Africa, Iran, Latin American Juntas, Vietnam, Kosovo, DRC, Rwanda, Sudan, Zimbabwe etc. and, more recently Iraq, Turkey, Yemen, Palestine, Syria and Afghanistan. Cara support is typically framed as temporary sanctuary offered at times of heightened risk.

Cara Objectives ‘To assist academics who have been, or are, or are at risk of being, subject to discrimination, persecution, suffering or violence on account of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, to relieve needs among them and their dependants and ensure that their specialist knowledge and abilities can continue to be used for the benefit of the public.’

‘To advance education by supporting academics and their educational institutions in countries where their continuing work is at risk or compromised, to ensure that such academics and institutions can continue to fulfil their critical role as educators for the public benefit.’


This is a critical time to join our team. As a Fellowship Programme (FLP) Officer you will be working directly with academics facing immediate risk in Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Yemen, Myanmar and Afghanistan and many other countries.

 Fellowship Programme Officer Role & Responsibilities


  • Lead on International Fellowship cases and provide comprehensive support to Cara Fellows.
  • Secure fee waivers, bursaries & in-kind support from universities, research institutes and other funding bodies.
  • Provide logistical support to Fellows prior to and after their arrival in the UK.
  • Coordinate with regional exam centres to facilitate IELTS or equivalent fee waivers for Fellows.
  • Collect and interpret regional intelligence to inform Fellowship Programme advice and guidance.
  • Write and send official documents to Fellows.
  • Develop relationships with universities and other partner organisations.
  • Conduct due diligence on Fellows’ documents and risk.
  • Assess Fellows’ suitability for academic placements and liaise with experts for their professional opinion.
  • Assess Fellows’ English language abilities.
  • Support Fellowship Programme with ad hoc responsibilities.

Visa Advice & Guidance

  • Liaise closely with Fellows and hosting universities on visa related issues (Student and Tier 5 visas).
  • Liaise with independent legal advisors where necessary.
  • Research and update visa guidance to reflect changes in complex immigration regulation.

Managerial Support

  • Provide advice and guidance to Fellowship Programme Assistants
  • Contribute to Fellowship Programme policy changes and decision-making.


  • Make payments to Cara Fellows and non-Fellowship related payments.
  • Document financial transaction records.
  • Record all financial and in-kind support from universities and other partner institutions.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Maintain relationships with Fellows who have arrived in the UK.
  • Assist new arrivals with handover to Senior Fellowship Programme Officer.
  • Record and report on the efficacy of IELTS or equivalent fee waivers to relevant bodies.
  • Assist with compilation of reports to funders.


  • Provide support for general enquiries.
  • Maintain detailed records of correspondence, documents, and activities.


Responsibilities also include related activities that might arise in relation to the Fellowship Programme as required by the Executive Director or Deputy Director/Fellowship Programme Manager.


Person Specification



  • Fluent English (spoken and written).
  • Confident and empathetic with strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent attention to detail. 
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Good time management with ability to prioritise and independently work to deadlines.
  • Understanding of issues of confidentiality.
  • Interest in and commitment to the work of Cara
  • Confident use of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Good knowledge of current global issues.




  • Fluency in Dari or Turkish



Application Please send your CV and a brief covering email outlining your suitability for the post. Interviews will be held the week beginning 1 November at the Cara office in London. We will not accept applications without cover letters.

Please include contact details for 2 suitable referees, ideally individuals for whom you have previously worked. These will only be taken up with your prior permission. Please include ‘Fellowship Programme Officer’ in the subject line of your electronic submission.

Application Deadline: 31 October

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